The Czech crown jewels are due to go on show at Prague Castle next year in
connection with the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
The valuable artefacts will be put on display in mid-January.
Other events are also planned for Prague Castle, officials said, including an exhibition of original medieval manuscripts, priceless documents and archaeological finds connected to the beginnings of the Czech state.
Carp, the food traditionally served for Christmas dinner in the Czech
Republic, is being offered by over 2,500 registered sellers around the
country, a spokesperson for the State Veterinary Administration said on
Wednesday. That figure is 300 higher than in 2016. Large vats of carp have
already appeared in many places.
During inspections last year the State Veterinary Administration found shortcomings at around 2.5 percent of sellers, half the number for the previous year.
Fried carp is usually served with potato salad. Some people keep a live fish in their bath and kill it before dinner on Christmas Eve.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and his ANO senior party colleague Jaroslav
Faltýnek have been invited to appear before the lower house’s immunity
committee on January 9. Investigators and the state attorney have also been
invited to the meeting, which will focus on allegations that Mr. Babiš and
Mr. Faltýnek unlawfully acquired around CZK 50 million in EU subsidies.
They deny any wrongdoing.
The last Chamber of Deputies stripped the pair of their parliamentary immunity but they reacquired it by being reelected in October’s general elections.
The committee meeting will take place just one day before Mr. Babiš’s minority government are due to undergo a vote of confidence in the lower house.
A proposed district of government buildings could be created in Prague’s
Holešovice district, by the Nádraží Holešovice Metro station, the
city’s mayor, Adriana Krnáčová, and Ondřej Boháč of the Prague
Institute of Planning and Development told journalists on Wednesday.
As many as four ministries could be located in the district, which has been proposed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš of ANO and features in the party’s policy programme for government.
Buildings in central Prague that currently house ministries could serve as museums or galleries, Mr. Babiš says.
The enhanced position of Freedom and Direct Democracy and the Communists,
with whom the ANO government are cooperating in the Chamber of Deputies,
represents a threat to freedom and democracy in the Czech Republic, says
the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka.
Explaining his comments, the primate referred to some nominees to head lower house committees, including the Communists’ Zdeněk Ondráček, who while a member of a police riot squad took part in violent clampdowns on protestors prior to the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
In an interview for Czech Television, Cardinal Duka also said that the opposition parties were behaving like the democratic groupings in Czechoslovakia in 1948, when the Communist Party took power.
The former Czech football captain Tomáš Rosický has retired from the
game. Speaking at a news conference in Prague on Wednesday, the playmaker,
who is 37, said his body had been telling him for a long time that he could
not continue and that he no longer had anything to offer on the pitch.
Rosický played for Sparta Prague, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal in a career that was frequently blighted by injury. He lifted the Bundesliga title with Dortmund and picked up two FA Cup winners medals with Arsenal. He earned 105 international caps, scoring 23 goals for the Czech Republic.
Prague police are searching for a man who failed to return a rented Ferrari
worth six million crowns (the equivalent of roughly 233,000 euros) and left
only a retainer of a quarter million.
The police confirmed that the suspect, now wanted for fraud, had rented before; they would not say whether his identity had been confirmed or if he had used false documents.
The police posted a picture of the suspect and have asked members of the public for help. If apprehended and found guilty the suspect could face up to 10 years in jail.
A vote to elect a new chairman of the standing parliamentary commission
overseeing the police general inspectorate (GIBS) will have to be repeated,
the speaker of the lower house Radek Vondráček made clear on Wednesday,
citing “confusion” in a second secret vote on Tuesday.
The Communist Party’s nominee Zdeněk Ondráček was originally thought to have been elected before a technical issue came to light, casting the result of the vote in doubt.
His election, seen as highly controversial because of Mr Ondráček’s role as a communist-era police officer who took part in a clampdown on student demonstrators in 1989, prompted dozens of people to protest in front of Parliament on Tuesday evening before the announcement was made.
A third attempt to elect the nominee as chairman will take place in mid-January.
Lawmakers passed the state budget proposal for 2018 after more than six
hours of debate on Tuesday; 140 of 199 MPs present voted in favour. Next
year's budget is counting on a deficit of 50 billion crowns. Revenues
should be 1314.5 billion crowns and expenditures 1364.5 billion in 2018.
The budget, prepared by the former Social Democrat-led government, saw 31 Civic Democrat and TOP 09 MPs vote against.
The opposition parties criticized the budget for what they charge is a needlessly high deficit at a time of economic growth, arguing the government should have proposed a balanced budget instead.
The bill must now be signed by the president.
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